(a proud member of the of the Trans-Global
Barataria Battle-ax was a single seat aircraft
"designed to assist law enforcement agencies in
reducing crime." * At least one state's highway patrol
tested the aircraft in early 1941. Although the test
pilot--Officer Dan Mathews--was very impressed, his
superiors were concerned with using a machine gun
armed aircraft to enforce traffic laws.
this very time, representatives of the Grand Duchy
of Wotanberg who were inspecting the "high speed
fishing boats" being built at the nearby Boat Works,
were impressed with the Battle-ax and ordered
six. To avoid any obvious violation of the
neutrality of either the United States or the Grand
Duchy, the aircraft was described as a "high speed
At least twenty Battle-axes were sold and delivered to a number of threatened democracies such as the Republic of Carlotta during late 1941 and early 1942. However, it soon became clear that it would not be possible for the Corporation to improve the Battle-ax enough to ensure that it could compete effectively against increasingly deadly Axis aircraft. Therefore, with the delivery of those twenty aircraft, the Corporation chose to focus its attention on other projects necessary to the war effort, most notably the Barataria Buzzard.
* (1) The
Corporation denies that the Battle-ax was
merely a cheap copy of the more famous Curtis Tomahawk.
Although the Battle-ax was named after a
weapon like the Tomahawk, the Corporation
notes that there are significant differences
between the two aircraft. The Corporation
also states that it is merely coincidental that
its development of the Battle-ax began
shortly after the reported disappearance of a
complete set of plans for the Tomahawk.